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Ebonyi LP Senatorial Candidate Linus Okorie Arrested, Not Kidnapped – Police

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The Ebonyi State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of the Labour Party senatorial candidate for Ebonyi South in the 2023 elections, Hon. Linus Abba Okorie, by operatives of the Command over drug related matters and other offences.

In a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Chris Anyanwu, on Monday, he said sequel to initial rumours and press release by one Dr David Ogbonna of Hon Linus Okorie Caringheart Foundation, purporting that Hon. Okorie was abducted on Sunday, that men of the Command swung into action and later traced the said Hon. Okorie to the head office of the EbubeAgu Security Outfit at Old Government House in Abakaliki.

He added that Hon Okorie, a former member of the House of Representatives, had before now evaded many Police invitations and arrests.

He stated that men of the Command were briefed on why he was arrested by EbubeAgu, which includes his activities and utterances that incited and provoked the violence that engulfed Onicha local government area of the State.

He said that according to the brief by operatives of EbubeAgu, his utterances allegedly led to suspected IPOB/ESN operatives or unknown gunmen to unleash mayhem in the area, leaving seven persons dead at the end of the fracas.

SP Anyanwu noted that the case has now been taken over by the State Police Command for preliminary investigation, adding that Hon Okorie was severally invited by the Security and Intelligence Bureau of the Command over a petition dated 23/3/2022, authored by the State’s Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice.

He said that the petition alleged that Hon Okorie was spreading fake news against Governor David Umahi accusing the Governor of illegally withdrawing N6.7billion from State Government’s Account to fund the Appeal Court Judgment against his removal from office, among others.

“Similar to the above is another series of false allegations against the Government of Ebonyi State and the Police Command in his social media handles.

“When invited by the SIB over the false allegations/petition, Honourable Linus Abaa Okorie in his characteristic pompous manner refused vehemently to report to the SIB for a chat. Rather he chose to file fallacious suits against the Police Command.

“It is also pertinent to mention that Honourable Linus Abaa Okorie also has a pending case in which he is implicated in a drug-related offence where the suspects purported to be his agents were arrested for Hard drug sales and use at his City Hub Inn, Mile 50, Abakaliki,” the PPRO stated.

He said that the case was later transfered to the NDLEA for further necessary actions.

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